Midtterm | Social studies English

Innledning
“Racism is destroying the Australian dream” by Stan Grant is a neutral text along with some formal characteristics. The text is mostly built on long sentences with many learned words.

For instance: dispossession, ravage and juvenile. However, the language includes a more subjective and personal language: “I” and “we” are repeated consequently throughout the text. In addition, contracted forms are somewhat incorporated such as “you’re” and “country’s”, but principally contracted forms are avoided.

Furthermore, there are various interrogative and imperative types of sentences, for example “what sort of country do we want to be?” and “let us all rejoice”, which demand the reader either to speak or to act.

Utdrag
Catcher in the rye is a classic novel written by Jerome David Salinger. The book was published in 1951 by little, brown and company. Despite some of the critique, banning and censorship, the book became very popular and hos sold over 65 million copies since the release.

The book has not won any major awards, but was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-novels written since 1923. Also, the novel is one of the 100 best English novels of the 20th century by Modern Library. And right after the novel was released, it was the number one on the New York Times-best seller list for several weeks.

The catcher in the rye was originally published for adults, but became popular with adolescent reader, perhaps because of the important themes in the book: anxiety and alienation amongst teenagers and complex issues of identity, belonging and loss .

The protagonist is Holden Caulfield. He is important because he is the narrator of the story and his personality and his personal struggles & mental issues are crucial for the whole understanding and deeper meaning of the book. His charterer considering his honesty and sarcasm makes the book engaging and easy to follow.

Moreover, trough Holden Caulfield, Salinger brings to the surface relevant facades in real life.

For instance, when Holden runs into Lillian Simmons, someone familiar at a bar, who introduces him to the person she is currently with, it says in the book “the navy guy and I told each other we were glad to’ve met each other.

Which always kills me. I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.” Holden is constantly pointing out these facades in real life. Finally, his constant catch phrases, for example “that kills me” or “to tell you the truth” creates momentum in the book

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